Emeen Zarookian jumps, quite possibly for joy. His album “Spirit Kid” will be release in January with a Jan. 7 release party at T.T. the Bear’s Place. (Photo: Maclaine Diemer)

Emeen Zarookian jumps, quite possibly for joy. His album “Spirit Kid” will be release in January with a Jan. 7 release party at T.T. the Bear’s Place. (Photo: Maclaine Diemer)

Cambridge-based Emeen Zarookian is reporting an album ready to go, a release-party date set and a name change. Instead of The Emeen Z Band, Zarookian and his mates will perform as Spirit Kid, and they have an eponymous album ready for release in January.

“I’ve been thinking about the name change for a while and have had this ‘Spirit Kid’ idea in my head basically the entire time I’ve been working on the record,” Zarookian said. “I like my own name fine, but trust me — if your name was Emeen and you had to try to get people to understand it on a daily basis, you might choose to go with something a little different too.”

“Also, there’s the whole stigma of a singer/songwriter guy with an acoustic guitar who just goes by his name,” he said, “and I am trying to avoid that at all costs.”

The release party will be 8 p.m. Jan. 7 at T.T. the Bear’s Place, 10 Brookline St. in Central Square, Zarookian said Tuesday. Players in Spirit Kid are listed as Jeff Allen, Adam Arrigo, C.D. Diguardia, Ken Marcou, Andrew Sadoway and Matt Sisto; playing with Spirit Kid that night will be Main Drag — another CD release party — and Cathode Rays, once known as Two Sheds.

Here’s a profile of Zarookian, a Beatles fanatic who has taken months to painstakingly craft production on the album’s 10 tracks, all in Zarookian’s signature friendly pop psychedelia. Leading it off is “You Lit Up for Me,” the jaunty tune adopted by Showtime’s “Weeds” for a promo video charting the history of marijuana.

Sal Garro and Max Goransson, of the Brooklyn band Quiet Loudly, so wanted Emeen to be a part of their “Soulgazer” compact disc that they have him listed as playing tambourine. From what they’ve heard of “Spirit Kid,” Zarookian may have created “the perfect album,” they said.

Here’s a link to the Facebook event page for the release party .

And to Zarookian’s MySpace page, where there are seven tracks to stream for free (including two mixes of “You Lit Up for Me”).

Finally, click here for a free downloadable 7-inch by Spirit Kid.